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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, March 26

We could all use a dose of good news from time to time. And today, here at the Pagan News Beagle, we've got just the right thing: uplifting stories of how people are looking to improve our relationship with the environment and make it a safer, better place for all life.

First up, read about this courageous Japanese man who journeys regularly to the excluded radioactive zone surrounding Fukushima in order to feed abandoned animals living there. Bored Panda has the full story.

Next, farmers around the world are working to replenish the fertility of the soil they use by employing a new practice called "carbon farming." Curious what that means? Click here to learn more.

Rising sea levels in South Asia are jeopardizing traditional rice crops that can't tolerate the increasing level of salinity in the water but a surprising solution might be found in employing older varieties of rice that turn out to be more salt-tolerant! Who would have guessed?

Feel that motorization has taken over the world? You'll probably like this story then, which details how the nonprofit organization Depave is converting old parking lots into gardens.

Lastly, access to clean water is becoming an increasingly dire problem in many parts of the world, as desertification takes over arable land and heat waves cause widespread droughts. However, some researchers working in Ethiopia may have found a startlingly low-tech method to trap moisture out of the air, which could go a long way to helping.

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